Instructor: David Schuff, Section 001

Weekly Question #5: Complete by February 25, 2016

Leave your response as a comment on this post by the beginning of class on February 25, 2016. Remember, it only needs to be three or four sentences. For these weekly questions, I’m mainly interested in your opinions, not so much particular “facts” from the class!

Here is the question:

Just like you did about a month ago, find another online article dated within last two weeks from a credible source that has something to do with data and is interesting and relevant to you. Copy and paste the URL directly into your response followed by a few sentences that explain what is interesting about it.

58 Responses to Weekly Question #5: Complete by February 25, 2016

  • This article talks about the life of Fantasy Football. It talks about using data from the year before to predict how much money sites like Fan Duel and Draft Kings will haul in in revenue from fantasy users. These sites also use data from the previous year to predict ho many leagues they should have available and for how much money each buy in for the league should be. They use the data from the year before to hopefully correctly predict the outcomes for how much money will be awarded to winners week by week and at the end of the fantasy season the following year.

  • This article was very interesting because it told of how very recently, a 16 year old was able to hack into the inboxes of CIA director John Brennan, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and the administration’s senior advisor on science and technology, John Holdren. These persons from national agencies use some of the most secure servers in the country and handle situations of a high magnitude. If an “amateur” child can break into these servers, are we entrusting our personal data to the wrong people? I feel like articles like these open our eyes to reality that anything online, even on secure servers, are never truly “secure” and anyone can get to them and access data that could hurt someone financially or hurt their reputation.

    https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160215/06362933606/trust-us-with-more-data-say-government-agencies-hacked-16-year-old.shtml

  • Tableau (yes, the software co.) stock dropped 50% in a single day, equaling a $2.2 billion loss in market capitalization. Despite beating its 4th quarter expectations, the massive loss seems to stem from lowered earnings expectations for the year ahead.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/after-stock-crash-tableau-cfo-digs-in-2016-2

  • This article talks about the impact of big data in the insurance industry. Insurance companies and consulting firms analyze huge amounts of data every day in order to analyze the lives of their clients and the new and emerging risks that occur. The explosion of the growth of new data and data analytics has made it easier for insurance companies to center their products around the customer and to make them more transparent, producing more profitability and retention for the companies.
    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/big-data-in-insurance-industry-300218306.html

  • http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-golden-state-warriors-odds-of-going-73-9/
    This article is about the unbelievable season of the warriors. The article presents a table that shows the chance to win either exactly or at least a certain amount of games. According to the table, the warriors will beat the record of the 1995-1996 bulls of 72 wins. The article provides also many data about the statistics of the warriors in terms of 3-pointers and compares those to the tops and flops of the rest of the league.

  • http://smallbusiness.chron.com/role-data-business-20405.html
    I never realized the importance of data science until being enrolled in this course. Since I am a student in the business school I wanted to see how data impacts business. This article stated that the average manager spends two hours a day finding data, and that half of the data found turns out to be useless. The article then stated that a study found that the average company could increase sales by 14.4% if they increased data usage by 10%. Knowing how to properly use and utilize data is very critical to bettering the finances of a company.

  • http://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2015/04/21/how-big-data-is-changing-healthcare/#13b213f732d9
    This articles talks about the significance of big data in healthcare. After i read this article, i realize that how big data used in healthcare. First, big data is being used to predict epidemics, cure disease. Second, it help to improve quality of life and avoid preventable deaths.
    And the most important thing is you could share every healthy data with your doctor who will use it as part of his or her diagnostic toolbox when you visit them. This data would collected by the specific apps in personal smart phone. This function can help doctor to prevent disease rather than cure it.

  • http://www.cnbc.com/2016/02/20/superman-memory-crystal-lets-you-store-360tb-worth-of-data.html
    Recently, the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at University of Southampton has announced its “Superman Memory Crystal”. Instead of recording information at a 2D dimension (CDs/DVDs), the crystal allows its owner to be able to do so within a 5D dimension. This results in an amazing amount of storage (360TB). The crystal is planned to serve as an advance storage tool for large firms with great amount of Big Data. The crystal is an amazing breakthrough. We’ve advanced from devices that stores MBs of data, to GBs, and now TBs. There’s no doubt that in the future, more and more advance storage utilities will be invented, releasing the burdens for the CIOs.

  • http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/real-time-data-could-corrupt-big-time-sports/

    The article I found was an article written about the skepticism of sports and gambling. The basis of the article was that, with the continuing growth of big data in sports, and gambling in fantasy sports, are big time sports becoming corrupt, or closer to it? The article also raises brows to whether or not players are aware of the amount of money put on their performance, which obviously they do know, but also if that is effecting them.

  • http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/trump-optimists-and-trump-skeptics-are-about-to-go-to-war/

    This article is about Trump skeptics and optimists. After his big win in SC last night, people still doubt he’ll run away with the nominee because hes only getting about a third of the vote. Also rival Rubio has been helped by the dropping of Jeb Bush. This article interests me because the 2016 presidential election with have an effect on my life once I graduate college.

  • http://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2016-nba-picks/

    This article power ranks NBA teams from 1-32. They use data to determine who has an easy schedule left and what each team’s probability of making the playoffs. It is interesting because they are usually right in their predictions.

  • http://www.wsj.com/articles/deflation-fears-dim-as-consumer-prices-strengthen-1456078301
    While everyone is worried about a possible upcoming deflation which may lead to recession due to a great market sell-offs recently and the unprecedented lowering price of oil. However, this article, by using data from consumer price index, has confirmed that we are not going into a recession while having a steady rate of inflation.

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/fantasy-basketball/post/_/id/6212/fantasy-basketball-tipoff-rebounding-advantages-worth-seizing
    This is an interesting article to me because it relates to data and predicting or selecting a productive team in fantasy basketball. The article compares data between teams playing each other on Monday 2/22/16 through categorical ranks such as rebounding, pace of play, defensive efficiency, power forward position, and weekly game schedules. The implications of these categories matched against the opponents is supposed to tip you towards what teams will have the most productive players to draft for tonight’s games.

  • http://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/blog/2016/02/top-of-the-list-accounting-firms.html

    This article was particularly interesting to me because it involves accounting which is my field of study here at Temple University. The article also relates to this MIS course because it incorporates a data visualization to easily display data and to convey the writers message. The article includes a pie chart that shows the breakdown by percentage of what type of firm that certified public accountants work for in Nashville. Although the data led to a pretty obvious conclusion, I thought the visualization was good and easy to decipher.

  • http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/philadelphia-pa/19107/march-weather/350540
    I chose the future weather data because I don’t like the cold. I’m interested to know the forecasted high temperatures and it helps me plan properly what to wear to stay warm

  • http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/hollywoods-diversity-problem-goes-deeper-than-the-oscars/

    The article I chose has to do with the social media firestorm that erupted a couple of weeks ago because there were no non-white actors or actresses nominated for the Academy Awards. The article shows that the lack of nominations for people of color is a symptom of Hollywood’s lack of diversity. The infographic in the article comes from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. It uses a bar graph to compare the percentages of minorities and whites in the total US population (2014) to the percentages of minorities and whites in film, cable tv, broadcast tv, and streaming services. Each of these four categories is further broken down to show speaking and directing roles. The infographic ultimately shows that there is a disproportionate amount of colored people in Hollywood in comparison to the percentage in the US itself. I feel this is relevant to me as a person of color because it shows were the source of the problem is. If more people recognize this, then they will realize that boycotting the Oscars does nothing. Real change will only come about when more people of color get a voice in Hollywood.

  • http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/anthony-daviss-5920-game-was-a-throwback-to-the-1960s/

    This article was interesting to me because it looked at players who have scored the most points in a NBA game. However, among those players, the article ranks them based upon how efficient they were scoring these points. This article comes after Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans scored 59 points with 20 rebounds. This article includes a table of ranked players based upon the type of game they had and their efficiency.

  • I decided to read on a Information week article posted early this week called “Outsourcing Data Science”. I was interested in this article mainly because it explains how important and resource data science is to huge companies. However some companies lack the resources and or time to invest in bringing it into their company so they are looking at ways to outsource for it. Because data science is a particular new field that companies are recognizing, most companies are still in their beginning stages. I found reading this article interesting because the subject of data science is new to me and it is also new to big companies but it helps them reach their goals more efficiently. I know now that as I continue to grow and learn more about data science I realize how instrumental it is to have a active data science division in my company one day to help make smarter, more concise decisions.

  • http://3blades.io/blog/what-industries-will-be-next-to-adopting-data-science/
    This article discusses industries on the verge of adopting data science. The industry I found most interesting is the sports industry. Most people are familiar with the idea of “Moneyball” and sports analytics. Data science is taking that a step further by gathering data from new sources like cameras and wearable sensors. By tracking athletes’ motion, data scientists can increase athlete performance and safety.

  • http://www.reuters.com/article/us-telecoms-mobileworld-advertising-idUSKCN0VV0GV

    I am a marketing major in Fox, and this article is very interesting to me because it deals with the way that marketers are using people’s phones to retrieve data on things such as “location, personal context, and interaction history for customers on the go”. It describes how a majority of people in a survey of 8000 mobile phone users are growing more and more discontent with they way their private information may be being used.

  • http://motherboard.vice.com/read/how-uber-profits-even-while-its-drivers-arent-earning-money
    I found this article interesting, because it showed how valuable data is that is collected from Uber drivers; in addition to the profits from the incredibly lucrative “ride sharing” business, they can profit from data created by drivers while they have no passenger, and so are not making money themselves. I attended a legal lecture on Uber during law week, where the case was argued whether Uber drivers are employees or not, and this article makes an interesting point that if Uber is profiting off their drivers even while the drivers aren’t specifically working and aren’t being paid, it is an interesting gray area. Many free apps collect user data in a similar fashion, claiming it to be compensation for free use, but Uber use isn’t free for drivers, who must pay a fee, and they are not being actively compensated for data accrued while driving “dead miles.” As someone who uses Uber, it’s interesting to see how the company works on the other side.

  • I found this article really interesting because I honestly do not know how a single person can “not” know who one the super bowl. The super bowl is literally one of the biggest games in the United States. Five thirty eight found held this challenge to see who was going to be last few people who find out who one the big super bowl game. They actually found that until recently there was about 29 people who still didn’t know who won this big super bowl game.

  • http://www.twincities.com/2016/02/22/all-that-data-can-solve-world-problems-documentarian-says/
    This talks about a documentary with its main theme being Big Data, called ”The Human face of Big Data”. The documentarian has discovered how data is actually the world and how much we are influencing that as well and allowing ourselves to grow at the same time. He also talks about the recent Apple case whereby Apple is being reluctant to give out the lock to iPhones to trace out the shooter at San Bernardino, making a point that once the government is given access to private information, they might invade the whole world of data and misuse it. I would personally want to watch the documentary myself.

  • http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/anthony-daviss-5920-game-was-a-throwback-to-the-1960s/
    This article puts Anthony Davis’ recent performance of 59 points 20 rebounds into perspective. The data relates his stats to other similar games since the 1983-1984 season. This article is very interesting to see how significant this night was for Davis in comparison to the all-time great games in the past three decades.

  • http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-big-data-future-has-arrived-1456184869
    This article is about a book that was written 4 years ago named “The Human Face of Big Data.” The article talks about how big data is helping us predict certain outcomes and better understand old theories. In the article it says “thanks to big data, we have learned that toddlers learn language not from repetition but by hearing words used in multiple contexts.” This will help us make it easier for kids to learn a new language. The article raised a good question about data which is who owns our personal data? Who does own that in a sense you can say its your but when you post something on the internet its open to the public.

  • http://www.forbes.com/sites/hnewman/2016/02/18/the-best-wireless-networks-state-by-state-and-city-by-city-hint-verizon-wins/?utm_campaign=Forbes&utm_source=TWITTER&utm_medium=social&utm_channel=Technology&linkId=21391848#44e5051d6b60

    The article compares the four major wireless networks and how well they performed in each state and in large metropolitan areas. Overall, Verizon outperforms AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile on measures like number of dropped calls and network speed. This is interesting to me because I want to use the best network possible, and for Philly, it’s Verizon (by a narrow margin).

  • http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/rich-kids-stay-rich-poor-kids-stay-poor/

    In this article the author explores the statistical evidence behind the trouble with class mobility in the U.S. Statistical observation proves that children of wealthier parents, earn more money in their adult lives. Interestingly employment rates among offspring of poorer parents are less than that of offspring of wealthier parents, excluding the top one percent. This article is relevant to all, we are all a memeber of society, wealthy or poor, and this analysis provides thought provoking insight about how our society works. These are just two examples of data explored in the article. The piece touches upon college attendance by parental income, household income based of parental income, employment rates by family structure ( married, non-married ) and more. Ultimately, the article proves some already understood truths; rich people are generally better off.

  • http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/fivethirtyeights-final-oscar-picks/

    This article predicts the Oscar winners based on a statistical tracking model. Notably, The Revenant is slated to take “Best Picture” and its cast and crew is poised to snatch up numerous related Oscars as well. Soon, we may all be able to rest easy knowing Leonardo DiCaprio might finally win an Oscar.

  • http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/bill-self-is-finally-warming-up-to-the-3-pointer/

    My article was about Bill Self, the basketball coach for the Kansas Jayhawks and how he has been adjusting his teams’ style of play this year. Self usually runs a traditional offense that focuses on taking high percentage shots and managing the game. Unlike any number we’ve seen in the past 10 years, three-point shots across D1 are at an all time high. In order to adjust to the changing ways of the league, Self has allowed his team to take more three point shots than he normally would. In their last game, the Jayhawks made 46% of their three point shots which is traditionally a very high number for a Bill Self-coached team.

  • http://www.networkworld.com/article/3029747/lan-wan/wi-fi-should-be-used-to-catch-criminals-police-advisor-says.html

    This article was very interesting because it talks about the idea of using the information from wifi routers to catch more criminals. This idea is interesting because it not only shows the new massive amounts of data we now have but also new ethical decisions we need to make as a nation with all of this data.

  • http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/motogp-avintia-racings-loris-baz-walks-away-from-high-speed-crash-at-sepang#page-3
    This article that I chose presents data about a crash that happened during a testing period of the MotoGP circuit (if you are not familiar, think of it as the international NASCAR for motorcycle racing). The rider was traveling at a speed of 180 mph at the time of the crash, but walked away from the crash without injury, due to his high-tech racing suit which also doubles as an airbag. This is interesting to me not only because of my interest in motorcycles, but also because it goes to show how much money and technology is involved in the higher-level of the sport. It has been said that some of these bikes are worth over a million dollars, presumably due to all the R&D and high-performance parts. At the bottom of the page with the article, there is a data visualization derived from the energy impacting the suit throughout the wreck, which only lasted 8.5 seconds. (Hopefully I can get a pass on the article being almost three weeks old, not two..)

  • http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-big-data-future-has-arrived-1456184869

    This article is about big-data now that measures everything, this is a tremendous breakthrough for the scientists. With the new and improved big data and now, even measures human’s behavior and movements, by collected data from any profession. For example, it talked about how a toddler could learn language by hearing words in different context, and a premature baby’s heart are stronger than a healthy baby. Moreover, also, how different things maybe the influence on child autism, the change of room temperature or the levels of carbon dioxide could have an effect on autism. This new finding will help doctors to have a more intuitive response in their researches and analyzes of human behaviors. “The Human Face of Big Data,” this new breakthrough will have an influence on everyday life on earth and everything on this earth, it also opened up many opportunities for the scientist to do more. We are heading into a future where computer and technology will become the guide for our decision-making.
    http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-big-data-future-has-arrived-1456184869

  • http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-golden-state-warriors-odds-of-going-73-9/
    My article is about this year’s Golden State Warriors chances of finishing 73-9. The article compares the team statistically to the 95-96 bulls who currently hold the best season record title. The article is interesting because they consider all the variables including good and bad runs, Stephen Curry’s ability to continue his level of play, and probability of injuries. It is going to be interesting to see how their season plays out, and how accurate all the data was in its involvement in predicting it.

  • http://www.wired.com/2016/02/dont-laugh-yahoos-open-source-ai-secret-weapon/
    This article is the about the open source AI from Yahoo.
    Yahoo published the source code for their AI engine to make it a open source for academic and business purpose. This AI is based on learning from big data. it helps business and academic users run deep leaning process on the existing system without transfer data from other places as well as distribute process across multiple servers. It is a great improvement on AI application in business and academic works.

  • http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/rich-kids-stay-rich-poor-kids-stay-poor/
    This article from FiveThirtyEight is called Rich Kids Stay Rich, Poor Kids Stay Poor. The article depicts data from a team of Stanford researchers about how poverty affects different genders. They found that boys who grow up in poverty have a higher likelihood of remaining in poverty than women who grow up in poverty because in the United States how you grow up greatly affects your financial future. How you grow up is dependent on variables such as geographic location, parental income, parental education, and parental marital status. The charts in the article demonstrate different data sets of 30 year olds based on parental income such as employment rates, earnings, household income, and college attendance. I chose this article because I was always interested in the topic of the income gap in America and “intergenerational mobility.” A particularly fascinating finding was that poor children from San Jose, California have a higher chance of getting into the middle class than children from Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/25/technology/apple-is-said-to-be-working-on-an-iphone-even-it-cant-hack.html?_r=0

    This article basically talks about Apple’s plan to make it harder for the government to hack into people’s iPhones. I thought this was interesting because I thought that big companies like Apple would be more willing to help out the government, especially since it could help track terrorists and stop plots against the U.S. I also thought this was interesting because I thought that Apple would be required by law to automatically provide the U.S. government with certain information when it comes to national security and domestic terrorism. I think this really goes to show how much power certain companies have in the United States if Apple can make it harder for government to get what it needs. I think it’s cool how Apple can kind of defy the government’s orders and just make it harder for them to get what they need and force them to hack into people’s phones. It seems like they’re also looking out for their consumers as well.

  • This article talks about the FBI wanting to create a backdoor in the apple iPhone that it could potentially use to potentially unlock any iPhone in someones possession. I think this is very important to every individual or business that uses an iPhone to communicate, do business, or to store personal/classified information. If this software is created the first issue is that the FBI could really do anything they want with it, without to much monitoring. However i think i big issue is if it falls into the wrong hands, it could pose a scenario similar to the ashley madison case by 100x worst.

  • http://www.accountingtoday.com/news/audit-accounting/audit-execs-worried-about-data-accuracy-77278-1.html

    This article explains the reservations that Chief Auditors have about data analytics. As an auditor, it is vital that the information you are evaluating is accurate and precise. Most Chief Auditors (79 percent) don’t trust data. They noted that there are several ways that inaccuracy can creep in. In other words, this article is about accounting and dirty data. Accountant’s have noted that problems in their data analytics is created by user/creator difference in understanding of the background. For example, causation vs. correlation. All data should be audited itself by a purely unbiased source to ensure accuracy and usability.

  • http://recode.net/2016/02/24/can-you-put-a-face-to-big-data/
    This article is very interesting because its different. Big data is everywhere today. There is new data created every second and i think it is very interesting to see people try and figure out what data looks like in your everyday life. Some of the statistics they discover is eye opening because data has become such a large part of peoples everyday lives and it is going to keep evolving and who knows what can happen.

  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/02/22/younger-votes-didnt-come-through-for-bernie-sanders-because-they-almost-never-do/
    This article is about the overall sentiment of the US democratic population, as told through the results of Iowa and more recently Nevada’s primaries. Conventional news seldom shows the reasons behind voter turnout, and this article uses data to support several theories. The data shows that age is the most deciding variable when it comes to voter turnouts, more so than race and income level.

  • This article demonstrates the importance of how big data is effecting how businesses are improving the supply chain aspect of their companies. Only 17 percent of supply chain executives have implemented analytic’s in one or more supply chain functions, but of the remaining 83 percent of executives who haven’t taken action with bug data yet, are slowly coming to realization how important it is for their log term planning. When using big data relationship management along the supply chain companies will be able to discover and manage supplier relationships more effectively, create comprehensive supplier profiles, better understand customers and their relationships, learn how customers interact through different channels, ad most importantly optimize inventory management/ distribute products based on real-time demand. All in all, the analytics of big data is starting to play vital roles in the world of the supply chain.

  • http://neomam.com/interactive/13reasons/

    This is an infographic showcasing the reasons that people like infographics. It talks about how people visually process information and why we better retain information that way based on brain processing. I find this infographic interesting because it suggests that the overload of data we are exposed to leads us to rely on infographics to make sense of the data.

  • http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/feb/20/katie-roiphe-why-paid-less-than-male-colleagues
    This piece is about the gender pay gap, and was interesting to me because I hope to get paid equally when I enter the workforce. The author notes a study by the Harvard Business Review, citing that 7% of women negotiate for higher salaries when hired, and 57% of men do. That 50% difference is huge, why is it that women are so much less likely to negotiate for better pay?

  • http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/at-least-29-people-still-dont-know-who-won-the-super-bowl/

    This article discusses about the percentage on average of the Super Bowl participants including competitors that know who won the competition. With help of a Data Visualization we can learn how fast the news of who won the competition. In addition, as we can see that the more time that passes, the safer the players are; then only about a few of competitors who made it through the first post-Super Bowl week can make it in the second. Thus, by looking at the chart above, the last competitors curve is more like a plateau.

  • http://blogs.wsj.com/personal-technology/2016/02/20/in-apple-vs-the-fbi-americans-want-the-phone-unlocked/?mod=ST1
    This article deals with the issue of Apple fighting a court order to unlock the iPhone of one of the people involved in the San Bernardino terrorist attacks. It is interesting how tech companies side with Apple about privacy and encryption and most people dont.

  • This article to me was hilarious, they put an article out last week about who is the last person in America to know who won the super bowl. One of the readers of this article started reaching out to the contestants by trolling and hacking their social media pages so they had to see who won. The hacker eliminated 21 out of the 28 people. It’s amazing how someone could be so determined to hack and ruin this contest.
    http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/i-unleashed-a-super-bowl-troll-and-im-sorry/

  • http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/at-least-29-people-still-dont-know-who-won-the-super-bowl/
    This is an article about “The Last Man Standing” competition, which is a competition in which participants see how long they can go without hearing or knowing who won the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl, which takes place every February, is arguably the most talked about sporting event and televised program of every year. According to the article, there are still 29 people left that do not know who won the Super Bowl, which is remarkable because of how much has gone on within social media sites as well as national news pertaining to the outcome of the game approximately 3 weeks ago.

  • My article was about how slower expected job growth doesn’t actually mean the economy is heading toward another recession. The article states that there are a lot more workers being hired and wages have also increased slightly which is a positive sign for our economy.

    http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/jobs-report-january-2016/

  • http://www.techrepublic.com/article/lets-get-vertical-presidential-campaigns-triangulate-data-and-social-media-to-microtarget-voters/

    This article is about how data on social media networks play a role in the presidential elections. One thing i found interesting is that instead of Facebook being the most effective way to reach voters the article states that “Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter are still priorities, but Snapchat, Instagram, and Peach have emerged as the best way to reach young voters”. This comes as a surprise to me because i feel as if Facebook is the go to for seeing news related articles about statistical data on the polls, data on each campaign, and just general data and people’s opinions about each presidential candidate. I also found it interesting that most major campaigns use social media data to decide what type of content to provide and utilize. By performing a sentiment analysis with the social media data and voter information, candidates are able to refine their messaging “on the fly” and quickly adapt to changing results.

  • http://www.itbusiness.ca/news/customer-data-if-you-cant-protect-it-dont-collect-it-says-cyber-security-expert/65756
    The article I found discusses whether certain information on the internet should be collected by companies for analysis. The author believes that companies should only be collecting consumer data found online if the company is confident in its implemented security program. The one statement that I found interesting is that the consumer must take responsibility for any of the risks that occur; however, I was recently taught in my Cybersecurity course that the company is always at fault for consumer data exposure. I find it interesting that there may be a blur in defining who may be at fault in the event of a data breach involving online consumer data.

  • http://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/feb/25/sonny-pike-football-prodigy-head-finished

    This article is about a soccer prodigy, Sonny Pike, in the 1990s who was labeled, “The Next Maradona” at the mere age of 12. Pike is the result of a child prodigy who became severely damaged from his early entrance into such an immense spotlight. Pike told reporters that he used to score 150 goals a season when he was 12-13, and about 300 if you counted non-league games. He was an insane talent that was exploited way too early by the aid of his over-excited father. He needed up becoming very suicidal by the age of 17 and quit the sport altogether. He now is a carpenter with a family of 4 living humbly, and no longer cares for soccer whatsoever. It is a sad story of a child prodigy whose head was clouded with the politics of professional soccer, and eventually led to his mental breakdown.

  • http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/bmi-is-a-terrible-measure-of-health/

    This article interests me due to my interest in fitness and nutrition. Body Mass Index (BMI) is a very commonly used metric when evaluating a person’s health. This study found that the correlation between health problems later in life commonly associated with cardiovascular issues and BMI is not as strong as previously believed. Further, this article is critical of the simplicity of BMI, which I agree with.

  • http://www.dataversity.net/women-in-data-report-shows-more-women-going-into-big-data-statistics/
    The article from Dataversity, titled “Women in Data Report Shows More Women Going into Big Data, Statistics” explains that the lack of women in Big Data and statistics industries has actually improved over the years. Currently less than 17% of the tech industry is made up of women but these statistics are changing. The article also mentions that Big Data and statistic fields have been attracting a surprising amount of females. It’s been noted that women are achieving more than 40% of statistic degrees, and new career paths in data science now hold multiple opportunities for women.”As a female student of finance it is interesting for me to read articles like this that show positive improvement of females in male dominant industries. In the past couple of months, as I have been interviewing for various finance positions, I have been witnessing this positive change myself.

  • http://www.wsj.com/articles/justice-department-seeks-to-force-apple-to-extract-data-from-about-12-other-iphones-1456202213

    This article, from the Wall Street Journal, is about how the justice department seeks to force apple to extract data from about 12 other iPhones. Terrorists phones are locked, and they want use apple to get into their phones and see if they have any dangerous information. I feel that this is a breach of privacy, and that they should not be able to to do this. However, it shows how powerful data from cell phones can be in catching dynamic risks, like terrorism.

  • http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/bmi-is-a-terrible-measure-of-health/
    I found an article that uses the data science behind the measure of people’s Body Mass Index (BMI), in proving that BMI is not an effective measure of ones health. The articles conducted studies where they used data to conclude that there are many other factors that need to be considered when distinguishing someone being healthy, or unhealthy; such as blood pressure, and cholesterol. BMI is generally based on height and weight measures only. I found this article interesting because i am currently taking a class where we had measured our BMI. My BMI was considered just slightly overweight but i am definitely in good shape, the article had data to help me understand some of the factors that may have led to my BMI rating be considered overweight.

  • This article lists almost 40 statistics collected from the Tinder dating app. I found this interesting because dating has becoming so different in the last 15 years. It shows how many people downloaded the app since the release, the percentage of people who use the app that are single and also in a relationship. To use the app you have to connect through your facebook profile so Tinder can collect data through that to present these statistics. The app shows a profile of someone in your area and you can swipe right on them if you like them or swipe left if you don’t. The most interesting statistic i found was that men swipe right 46% of the time and women only swipe right 14% of the time.

    http://expandedramblings.com/index.php/tinder-statistics/2/

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